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U.S. Judgments in China

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Collecting on a U.S. Judgment in China

If you’re bringing a lawsuit against a Chinese company, you likely will want to collect on the U.S. judgment you seek to secure. This goal is complex, but it may be possible with the right team. Harris Sliwoski can help you navigate this challenging process and increase your chances of success.

We have successfully collected amounts ranging from $65,000 to $33 million from Chinese companies on behalf of our clients.

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In recent years, Chinese courts have shown a willingness to recognize and enforce U.S. judgments, indicating a reciprocal relationship between the two countries. For example:

  • In 2018, Shanghai First Intermediate People’s Court recognized a judgment from a district court for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • In 2017, Wuhan Intermediate People’s Court in Hubei Province recognized a judgment from the Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • In 2020, Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court recognized and enforced a U.S. judgment from Stanislaus County Superior Court.

These cases suggest a relationship of reciprocity between the U.S. and China. The Shanghai case established that China may recognize judgments from U.S. state courts if U.S. federal courts have recognized Chinese judgments. The Wuhan case allowed for the acceptance of U.S. judgments if state or federal U.S. courts recognize Chinese judgments. Lastly, the Ningbo case confirmed that the U.S. and China have a reciprocal relationship for mutual enforcement of civil judgments.

With these precedents, Harris Sliwoski is ready to help you collect on U.S. judgments in Chinese courts. When you run an international business, this scenario may arise more often than you think. Chinese courts may accept a range of U.S. commercial judgments, including disputes regarding investments, consumer rights, or product liability.

Though the ability to collect on U.S. judgments in China is not guaranteed, Harris Sliwoski will work with you to identify the best approach.

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The Harris Sliwoski china law team provides comprehensive legal guidance to leading businesses to protect their rights and lawfully navigate China’s unique legal system.

We maintain a Shanghai office and we employ a licensed Chinese attorney in our U.S. headquarters to ensure we’re current on China’s legal and business environments and connected with the courts there. As part of our services, our team provides the required documentation in English and Mandarin.

Our Services for Collecting on a U.S. Judgment in China

The first step in our process is assessing your case. From there, we can determine the likelihood of being able to collect in China and whether the pursuit is worth your time and money. Our familiarity with Chinese law helps us ascertain if the U.S. judgment you wish to collect on complies with Chinese regulations.

After this assessment, we determine the next steps. Sometimes, filing your case in a U.S. court is the best move. Other times, we may recommend arbitration in China. In some cases, it will make sense to take your case to a Chinese court. Our thorough assessment of the facts allows us to determine the right strategy for efficiently achieving the best possible results.

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